Ask Lisa - What Stresses You Out? How Do You Handle Stress?

It's that time of month to ask me whatever you want. I get questions on everything from business to fitness. This month's question...

"What Stresses You Out? How Do You Handle Stress?"

Lot's of things stress me out. Too much to do and too little time. My kids whining. Not having childcare when I need to work. Kids fighting. Ok, the list goes on.

How do I deal with it? I put daily effort in to stress prevention and stress reduction.

1) I meditate every day. Just 10 minutes does the trick.

2) I try to find gratitude every day. It's good for you and your health. I keep a gratitude journal by my computer and fill it out every single day.

3) I soothe myself with scents. Aromatherapy has been proven to reduce stress. I keep some wonderful smelling oils in my purse, my car and at my desk. You would laugh seeing me essentially spraying away the stress during certain tense moments.

4) I "take 10". Most of our stress comes from the chaos that is inherent in our busy lives. I try to take 10 minutes of every day to decompress. I know you feel like you don't have time for this but it truly works. Sit on the couch and read a book, go for a walk or take a quick tub.

5) Say No. We are stressed when we take on too much and I'm the queen of that. Realize that every time you say YES to something, you are saying NO to something else in your life as your days were already filled. What are you willing to give up? If you say no to more, you have the opportunity to build some margin in to your day.

These are my strategies. I am not perfect and I don't fall apart when I don't do these things. The most important thing I do to keep stress at bay is adjust my attitude. Holocaust survivor and psychiatrist Victor Frankl said that in between stimulus and response is a space. In that space, is our POWER to create a response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom. Choose to react differently to stressful stimuli. Choose happiness. Choose to go slower. Choose to roll with it. Choose to not get offended. Choose to hug more, stress less and be happy.

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